Spurs Up Blog: From Orlando, a nice publicity piece about the Capital One Bowl fka the Citrus Bowl fka the Tangerine Bowl; we learn the Cap One is happy to have us, and wants us to travel in large numbers. Go figure!
Bleacher Report: Steve Truax says that the Cap One is a "must-win" for the HBC and the Gamecocks. I'm not so sure. I do agree that Steve Spurrier deserves the SEC Coach of the Year award, but I doubt the SEC masters of the universe in Hoover, Alabama will allow him to have it in back-to-back years, even though this was by far a more difficult and masterful coaching season for Steve Spurrier than 2010.
SDS: Jon at Saturdays Down South writes a nice piece: Get To Know Your Bowl Opponent: South Carolina. He reminds everyone how the 'Huskers
abused destroyed incinerated the Florida Gators 62-24 in the 1995 National Championship Game. Maybe that's all the motivation the HBC needs to get us (cough, cough) ready (cough, cough) for the bowl game.
Phil Kornblut: USC, UGA and Vandy .are making their final pitches to Atlanta CB recruit Chaz Elder. By all accounts, he is ours to lose.
LOHD: Catch Flounder's podcast about USC men's hoops and Darrin Horn, with some Cap One talk thrown in as well. Don't forget to check out Leftover Hot Dog regularly!
Post & Courier / Slater: Grading the Gamecocks: An early review of how USC's basketball team is faring. I have to say that I've been fairly impressed with the P&C's new Gamecock beat writer, Darryl Slater; he's taking a page out of Travis Haney's book and living in Columbia - it shows in the depth of his reporting. It's almost pleasant to read the P&C sports page again.
AL.com: Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart - a perennial short-lister for every major CFB coaching vacancy in the southeast - has apparently interviewed with Texas A&M . With Southern Miss's Larry Fedora almost a lock for UNC, and Hugh "The Blind Side" Freeze (forrmerlyof Arkansas State) now installed at Ole Miss, do you think Smart s the favorite to replace Mike Sherman in College Station? Either way, I would say the odds are good the Cocks will be seeing the Aggies on the gridiron in 2012, so we need to keep a close eye on this one.
Post & Courier / Sapakoff: Dabo Crazy Like a Fox. Who is the bigger Clemson homer - Sapakoff or TigerNet's David Hood? Wait - you don't have to answer that: it's a push.